Wait on the Lord
“Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen tine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” (Psa. 27:14) Do you ever find yourself praying for something, and then wondering if you are ever going to receive it? Do you ever find yourself struggling with a trial or temptation, and wonder if you will ever overcome it? Do you ever find yourself wanting to improve the quality of your spiritual life, and yet you can’t seem to make the necessary steps involved? If you find yourself asking these questions and many others of such nature, the answer is found in the verse at the beginning of this writing. We must “wait on the Lord.” Notice if you will that this statement is found twice in this verse, at the beginning and at the end. What does it mean to “wait on the Lord?” The word wait means ‘to look eagerly for or to expect.’ When we are met with uncomfortable situations in this life, one of our greatest problems is the fact that we give up too quickly. We do not “expect” to get beyond the difficulty we are facing.
How can we overcome this problem? We must learn to wait on the Lord. We must realize that God is going to help us. In fact, we should expect His help. After all, He has promised to help us. “…He is able to aide those who are tempted.” (Heb. 2:18). In addition to waiting on the Lord, we must also have courage. The word courage means to take hold of, or have a firm grip. Not only must I look for the Lord’s help, but I must also live as if He has already answered my prayer.
The result of waiting on the Lord is both encouraging and uplifting. The Psalmist said that God will strengthen my heart. The word heart refers to the mind or inner spirit of man. Often, when a man’s inner spirit or heart is broken, he loses the ability to wait on the Lord. However, if I can find the courage to wait on Him, He will bless me with the strength to continue this process.
Are you struggling with a problem in life? Do you find yourself lost and you don’t know what to do? Why not try waiting on the Lord. Ask the Lord to help you and then expect His help. Before you know it, He will begin to rain down blessings upon you like you wouldn’t believe (Psa. 68:19).